India v England, 2nd Test, Visakhapatnam, 3rd day November 19, 2016

Sixth-wicket bounty, and Ashwin equals Marshall

The sixth-wicket pairs have been on a roll in 2016, with England's Ben Stokes and Jonny Bairstow leading the way

The sixth-wicket pair has added by far the most runs, at the best average and run rate, for England in 2016 © ESPNcricinfo Ltd

1759 Partnership runs for England's sixth wicket in Tests in 2016, the fourth highest by any team for a wicket in a calendar year. The highest is Pakistan's 2341 for the third wicket in 2006, when Mohammad Yousuf and Younis Khan added 1530 in 11 innings. This is the highest for any wicket for England in a calendar year, though: the previous highest was 1704 for the fourth wicket in 2015.

Most runs for a wicket for England in a calendar year
Year For wkt Inns Runs Ave 100s
 2016  6th  22  1759  79.95  5
 2015  4th  25  1704  68.16  8
 2006  4th  26  1557  62.28  4
 2010  2nd  24  1489  70.9  5
 2003  3rd  22  1476  67.09  6
 1930  4th  24  1459  66.31  4
 2002  2nd  24  1450  60.41  6
 2004  1st  26  1437  59.87  5

79.95 England's average stand for the sixth wicket in Tests in 2016, the highest by far among all wickets; the next best is 45.42, for the seventh wicket. England's sixth wicket run rate of 4.02 is also by far their best this year, as is the five century stands.

772 Partnership runs between Ben Stokes and Jonny Bairstow in Tests in 2016, the most by any pair. The next best is 750, by Alastair Cook and Alex Hales. There are three England pairs in the top four, and four in the top six.

The Stokes-Bairstow partnership has been the most prolific one for England in 2016 © ESPNcricinfo Ltd

4 Teams which have a 50-plus average for the sixth wicket in 2016: apart from England, India, Sri Lanka and South Africa have also had prolific sixth-wicket pairs.

9 Fifty-plus Test scores for Bairstow in 2016, which equals the record for the most such scores by a wicketkeeper-batsman in a calendar year. AB de Villiers also had nine such scores when he played as wicketkeeper in 2013.

60.46 Stokes' Test batting average in 2016 - he has scored 786 runs in 14 innings. Only two other batsmen - Bairstow and Virat Kohli - have scored 750 runs at 60-plus averages this year.

22 Five-fors for R Ashwin in just 41 Tests. Only three bowlers have taken more five-fors for India: Anil Kumble (35 in 132), Harbhajan Singh (25 in 103) and Kapil Dev (23 in 131). Overall, 14 bowlers have taken more five-fors in Tests, while Ashwin is level with Waqar Younis, Malcolm Marshall, Curtly Ambrose and Courtney Walsh on 22.

16 Instances of Cheteshwar Pujara being bowled in Tests. He has been dismissed 59 times by bowlers in Tests, which means bowled dismissals constitute 27% of his total outs in Tests.

S Rajesh is stats editor of ESPNcricinfo. @rajeshstats

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  • bobfisher425 on November 20, 2016, 10:38 GMT

    Poor bowler, he only gets wickets in India on grubber pitches. Ben Duckett is a better bowler.

  • SamCt on November 20, 2016, 4:17 GMT

    Ashwin has done remarkably. Home and away he is very solid and as a batsman too, offers so much. I'd pick him any day over Kumble as Kumble was effectively a medium pacer outside the subcontinent and didn't really offer as much of a threat whereas Ashwin has a lot of tools to help in quicker less turning conditions.

  • cricfan78951636 on November 19, 2016, 23:01 GMT

    50 runs and five wickets in an innings - Ashwin has done it again in the yet to be finished second test against England

  • big_al_81 on November 19, 2016, 11:11 GMT

    Ashwin - already a legend in India and rightly so (he'd be even more loved if he was a batsman - I always feel slightly sorry for excellent Indian bowlers) He must be among the best bowlers in Indian conditions ever. He has a long, long way to go to be considered among the names he's listed with above, though - Marshall, Waqar, Ambrose and Walsh were in a different league - they did it all over the place for years and years. I'd need a lot of persuasion to put him ahead of Kumble or Kapil too, regardless of 5-fors. He's played two thirds of his matches at home, more than three quarters of his 5 fors are at home, the others are in the subcontinent or against the awful West Indies. He may yet prove us wrong, but well done to him for his consistent excellence in Indian conditions. You can only play in the places you get sent and if he hardly ever plays overseas, it's not his fault - I expect he'd quite like the opportunity to prove his quality in more challenging places.

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